Travel Weekly's Mexico E-letter: Dec. 10, 2003

ROSEWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS and its real estate development partners, Santa Barbara Partnership and DINE, announced that they began construction on La Solana, a Rosewood Resort, in Punta Mita, Mexico. The upscale resort is scheduled to open in 2005. Located at the 1,500-acre Punta Mita development 35 miles northwest of Puerto Vallarta, La Solana will consist of 83 rooms with individual plunge pools and terraces, as well as 57 privately-owned villas. The resort will feature a full-service spa with 14 treatment rooms and two "spa suites," a tequila bar, upscale boutiques and several restaurants. La Solana will be Rosewood's second resort in Mexico, following the opening of Las Ventanas al Paraiso in Los Cabos in 1997. Punta Mita is home to the 140-room Four Seasons Punta Mita and to a Jack Nicklaus-designed 18-hole golf course. Plans call for Punta Mita to have a total of four resorts, three golf courses, an equestrian center and a marina.

AEROMEXICO and CONTINENTAL AIRLINES signed a 10-year code-share agreement for flights between the U.S. and Mexico beginning in first-quarter 2004. The agreement will provide direct connections from 13 U.S. cities to 24 destinations in Mexico. Under the agreement, the airlines will offer interline E-ticketing, allow Aeromexico's Club Premier and Continental's OnePass customers to accrue and redeem miles on both programs and offer airport lounge reciprocity. Aeromexico also has a code-share agreement with Delta Air Lines.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS added the all-inclusive Riu Palace Las Americas to its Cancun product line for stays beginning Feb. 7. Seven-night, air-inclusive packages start at $1,838 per person, double, from Los Angeles and $1,826 from San Francisco. Prices include roundtrip air fare; airport transfers; all meals, snacks, beverages and activities; and hotel taxes and surcharges. Pleasant's roundtrip flights to Cancun operate on Saturdays using ATA Airlines. For information or reservations, call (800) 448-3333 or visit the Web at www.pleasantagent.com.

AVALON RESORTS is offering a Super Sale this winter at its properties in Cancun and Isla Mujeres. The promotion is valid for travel through Jan. 31; travel must be booked by Jan. 15. Super Sale rates are available at the Avalon Reef Club in Isla Mujeres and the Avalon Grand in Cancun. Rates start at $99 a night, per person; wholesale net rates start at $69 per person. To book the Super Sale rate, call (800) 261-5014 or visit the Web at www.avalonvacations.com.

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